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It has come to mean a man having a “sympathetic pregnancy.” Yes, this means that your partner could start to vomit, gain weight, and have many of the “joys” associated with pregnancy. Generally, sympathetic pregnancy symptoms begin at the end of the first trimester and increases in severity until the third trimester. Restlessness, sleeplessness, other changes in sleep habits. Decreased libido. Symptoms of this condition usually appear in the first trimester, around the third month of pregnancy.

They improve. Couvade syndrome, also called sympathetic pregnancy, is a proposed condition in which an expectant father experiences some of the same symptoms and behavior as his pregnant partner. These most often include major weight gain, altered hormone levels, morning nausea, and disturbed sleep patterns. In more extreme cases, symptoms can include labor pains, fatigue, postpartum depression, and nosebleeds.

The labor pain symptom is commonly known as sympa. And yes dads-to-be can also get sympathetic pregnancies or a condition called the Couvade Syndrome, one that isn’t as rare a condition as you may think! He can find that he feels queasy and nauseous the same way his pregnant mate does, he may be assailed by strange food cravings in the same way and may develop aversions as well.

Research shows that some men may even experience the same pains in the same places and at the same time as their pregnant partners. Dads-to-be often complain about toothache, backache, headaches and even leg cramps during their partner’s pregnancy. There is no medical reason why you may be experiencing this.

What can Dads do if they experience symptoms of sympathy pregnancy? While scientists argue the existence of sympathy pregnancy, the manifestation of symptoms and the physical discomfort caused appear quite real to men. Some things that Dads can do to help include: Becoming more involved in their partner’s pregnancy.

Why men sometimes experience symptoms such as weight gain, nausea, insomnia, and mood swings during their partner’s pregnancy. But don’t let that fool you – expectant fathers can have pregnancy symptoms too. “My husband is experiencing constipation, gas, bloating, irritability, and nausea right along with me,” says one BabyCenter mom-to-be. Psychological symptoms include changes in sleeping patterns, anxiety, depression, reduced libido, and restlessness.

Expectant dads can also experience pregnancy symptoms. Couvade syndrome, also known as “sympathetic pregnancy,” affects an estimated 80 to 90 percent of expectant dads. While Alford recognizes there isn’t a lot of scientific data available about the syndrome, she says the symptoms include “bloating nausea, vomiting, food cravings, food aversions, musculoskeletal aches, tooth aches, and occasionally breast enlargement.” iStock.com/Diy13.

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Dads may experience nausea, backache, and other pregnancy

“Dad's Guide To Pregnancy For Dummies” by Mathew Miller, Sharon Perkins
from Dad’s Guide To Pregnancy For Dummies
by Mathew Miller, Sharon Perkins
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For fathers, the pattern was strongest in men who had experienced symptoms of a sympathetic pregnancy, such as weight gain, nausea, and mood swings, during their partner’s pregnancy.

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In modern practice, expectant fathers sometimes experience physical symptoms similar to those of pregnant women, such as loss of appetite, nausea, headache, fatigue, and weight gain.

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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

During pregnancy, some men experience empathy symptoms, which mimic their partners’ physical symptoms or discomforts.

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Emotionally the mother begins to feel more settled and morning sickness tends to decline.

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Sympathetic Male Nausea of Pregnancy.—Associated with pregnancy there are often present morning-nausea and vomiting as prominent and reliable symptoms.

“Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine” by George Milbry Gould
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by George Milbry Gould
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Many men experience physical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and backache to the same degree or even more intensely than their partners during a pregnancy.

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Fathers may experience symptoms of pregnancy similar to those of his partner.

“Child Development” by Laura E. Levine, Joyce Munsch
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Some expectant fathers experience couvade syndrome and have pregnancy-like symptoms such as nausea, other gastrointestinal issues, and fatigue (couvade is a custom in some non-Western cultures in which a husband goes through mock pregnancy and labor).

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Psychosocial findings during pregnancy (1) Couvade: some men actually experience symptoms of pregnancy (a) Weight gain (b) Nausea (c) Other common physical symptoms of pregnancy (2) Expectant fathers vary widely in their reactions to pregnancy as well as to the psychologic and physical changes in the woman.

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  • I’m the non-bio mum and before she lost the first try, I was getting her nausea. We try again soon. Wish us luck. ����I have three forms of synesthesia though and I’m not sure if that’s a factor. Should probably mention that.

  • I don’t agree on it all. I am feeling all of the symptoms. Tiredness, mood swings, cravings (some what), nausea, and aches and pains. But the only one she mainly has is Tiredness but sometimes mood swings. But when she has her mood swings, they clash with mine. With my first child I had morning sickness and the mother did not.

  • No pregnancy symptoms here other than anxiety! Does that count? haha Also I (Caitlyn) will also be a Mummy, and Chelsey will be Mama. I think it’s also sort of regional for us because our families are from different cultures.